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Anton Lander

The more logical choice from an internal standpoint would be Anton Lander.  Still considered to be green when it comes to NHL experience, just 67 career games for the Oilers, he does bring more to the table than Arcobello.  In those games he’s scored only twice which isn’t the output you need from your second line.

A big break could be just what Lander needs to finally break through and this may be it.  Some feel that Lander is ready to take on a larger role with the club and additional playing time will enable that.

It’s hard to pencil Lander in as the second line faceoff man given his lack of playing time in a key situations.  Of course Dallas Eakins could shuffle the lines late in the game, but Lander could be a liability in the first two periods and put the Oilers behind.

Maybe the second line isn’t suited for Lander just yet.

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